About Afghan New Arrivals


Welcoming new arrivals

More than 88,000 Afghans fled to the United States after the Taliban assumed control of the government in August 2021, and the United States will continue to welcome more Afghans over the next several years. 

Those wishing to learn more about Afghan new arrivals can access curated resources from our partners at Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE), the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Switchboard and others:

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Afghan Backgrounder

This document and accompanying webpage from our friends at Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE) gives an overview of who Afghan newcomers are, how and why they are coming to the United States, social and cultural characteristics, and more.

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Recognizing Diversity, Ethnic Tensions, and Social Values

In this Switchboard blog, learn about Afghan new arrivals and the unique customs, traditions, and beliefs that migrate with them as they begin to integrate into life in the United States.

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Considerations for Culturally Aware Communication

This Switchboard blog features practical tips for culturally aware communication among Afghan newcomers. Learn about verbal and nonverbal cues, language and dialect considerations, and other general communication tips from Dr. Farid Saydee.

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Guide: Brief Overview for Clinicians Caring for Afghan New Arrivals

This resource and webinar from the Center of Excellence in Refugee Health summarizes the key information that clinicians need to know to care for Afghan new arrivals, such as using medical interpreters, potential health conditions, previous health screenings and healthcare access.

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E-Learning: Caring for Newly Arrived Afghans

This on-demand training module from the University of Minnesota teaches participants how to screen for various physical and mental health concerns in refugee patients, in addition to giving an overview of the refugee resettlement process more generally. 

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Afghan Evacuees Health Resources

A simple website from the University of Minnesota offers clinicians FAQs on medical conditions, screening tools, cultural training and more.